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Posts Tagged ‘Charles McGrath’

LA Confidential Calibrates Clint Eastwood LACMA Tribute

Another awards season march for Clint Eastwood is set to begin this week with Thursday’s AFIFest premiere of his latest directorial effort J. Edgar and Saturday’s Art + Film gala at LACMA. The 81-year-old maestro is also this week participating in special DGA and SAG member screenings of his latest effort.

Ahead of the LACMA event, which will also honor artist John Baldasseri, LA Confidential magazine has shared a Q&A primer conducted by event co-chair (and museum trustee) Eva Chow with gala organizer Michael Govan. Govan makes a surprising revelation about the museum’s ongoing endowments:

”In the last ten years, while our donations have grown, the one category we’ve had almost no donations to has been film. But I don’t think that’s because there’s no interest, and I don’t think it’s because there’s no generosity in this city—I think it’s just never been focused.”

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New York Times Magazine Uncorks Fabulous Hugh Hefner Profile

After spending some time in Los Angeles before Christmas with Playboy potentate Hugh Hefner, Charles McGrath proves via this weekend’s New York Times Magazine that you can freshly report on a man who has been covered and tweeted about ad nauseum. Beginning with a killer lede:

Hugh Hefner already has his final resting place picked out and paid for: a crypt next to Marilyn Monroe’s in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Not that he has plans to use it anytime soon.

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Mark Your Calendars: The New York Times’ Arts & Leisure Weekend Is Coming In January

Break out your 2011 calendars, people. The New York Times is set to hold its 10th annual Arts & Leisure Weekend from January 6th through the 9th. The event will include TimesTalks interviews with big names across a variety of fields, conducted by New York Times journalists.

Some of the guests slated to participate include CBS anchor Katie Couric, who will be interviewed by Gail Collins; Food Network star Ina Garten, interviewed by Alex Witchel; James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, interviewed by Daniel Wakin; Terence Winter, the co-creator of “Boardwalk Empire,” will be interviewed by Charles McGrath along with actors Steve Buscemi and Paz de la Huerta. Additional interviews will be conducted with pianist Lang Lang; Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain; actor/director Robert Redford; actor/director/producer Kevin Spacey; and film and stage director Julie Taymor.

The weekend will also include performances by the likes of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot director/co-writer Michael Mayer, who will be interviewed by Patrick Healy. There will be a salute to the music of Tim Rice (aka the writer of nearly every Disney song you’ve sung into a hairbrush) and a performance by Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright.

So save the date. But, please, leave your hairbrushes at home.